I applied for cash benefits through my state's department of social and health services. I'm also applying for SSI, but that takes longer, of course. I am severely depressed and I have a chronic illness that makes it difficult to function. I have lost my last two jobs because of anxiety and brain fog/cognitive difficulties, and I was once fired from a job for being "unhappy." I frequently exhibit PTSD symptoms after years of stress and abuse. I was hospitalized for depression after suicide attempts at 15, and do not remember a time when I was not depressed. I had not heard from them for a while, so I called this morning and was told that there was "insufficient evidence" that I'm depressed. I had a 1-hour evaluation with the doctor where I cried the whole time, told her about my job loss and how I was feeling and my long history of depression, and she ended the session by saying "You just finished school. Lots of people get depressed when they finish school because they get so immersed in their scholarly life and then get nervous about entering the real world." That, of course, is not my problem. Also, she seemed startled by how well I articulated what triggered my anxiety, as if I had rehearsed it or read about it in a textbook or something. She said something like "I've never heard anyone articulate that! I've observed it, but I've never met anyone who saw that in themselves. How did you reach that conclusion, exactly?" Even without depression, my physical problems are undeniable, yet medical professionals find ways to deny them. Really, the benefits are only $339 a month, which I can't live on anyway. The psychiatrist even told me this during the evaluation, and I assumed it was an attempt to discourage me. I've been diagnosed with depression a number of times. I'm already suicidal and this is just making it harder for me to hang on. I'm appealing, but is there anything I could do during the appeal to make them understand? The doctor was dismissive the whole time and seemed more concerned about my not wanting to date anyone than about my being depressed. Just because I finished school doesn't mean I'm not depressed.